Amandla Stenberg is a phenomenal young woman and the epitome of Black Girl Magic. The 17-year-old actress recently sat down with Glamour magazine and completed an interview for their September issue defining herself.
One of the questions asked, was what is the relationship with her hair and how has it changed since she was a little girl?
We all know that Stenberg has a gorgeous voluminous fro, but what some may not know is that it has been a journey for her to learn to love her hair and something she still struggles with even now.
Stenberg discussed the many stages she has gone through when it comes to her hair. Her first stage, which she describes as when she was younger, she always thought her hair was too big so she would constantly wear it in messy poofs.
Then going on to middle school when she hit puberty, she got keratin treatments and would straighten her hair daily. She just wanted everything to be smaller. Further damaging her hair.
It actually wasn’t until she got in tuned with the girls on the internet and noticed the number of African American women with their beautiful natural hair that she began accepting her own.
“…then I came to the realization that I—because of the internet honestly, because of seeing people on the internet post pictures with their natural hair, I realized like, “Oh, wait, this is actually so cool. Why have I been fighting this component of myself for so long?”
She then big chopped and grew out her own natural hair and fell in love with it.
Stenberg was honest when she shared that she still struggles with moments where she feels like she needs to conform. I can only imagine, especially being an actress and dealing with the limitation of roles for women of color much less those with a full fro.
She says that it’s inevitable that she looks around and at the people with straight hair in the media and sometimes feels the need to fit in, so it’s a constant battle of loving her hair but it’s something that she continues to work on.
It’s kind of dope to hear that such a strong girl goes through similar struggles that you and I face but she stands firm in her own beauty. Very commendable Amandla!